Older Adult Peer Support Specialist

Mental Health Association of Oregon is offering a part-time Peer Support Specialist position. 


Pay Scale:  $16.00-$18.00 per hour DOE

FTE:  0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)

Benefits: This is a non-benefited position as outlined in the MHAO Employee Handbook


REPORTS TO: Director of EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services

DEPARTMENT:  EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services (Clackamas County Program)

DATE LAST REVIEWED: January 10, 2017

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 23, 2017       


INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to careers@mhaoforegon.org. Make sure to include which position you are applying for (Older Adult Peer Support Specialist). 


A peer support specialist is an individual who has made a personal commitment to his or her own mental health and/or addiction recovery, has navigated their recovery over a period of time, participates in special training to work with others, and is willing to share what he or she has experienced to support others on their individualized path.


Peer Support Specialists believe in recovery and work to promote the values that:


  • Recovery is a choice and unique to each individual. 
  • Recovery is a journey, not a destination.
  • Self-directed recovery is possible for everyone, with or without professional help.



The Older Adult Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Recovery Mentor offers peer support to individuals residing in Clackamas County as a peer who has similar life experiences and acts as a positive role model of living in recovery.  

Provides holistic, person-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based support to older adults with mental health and/or co-occurring addiction challenges living in Clackamas County established with home and community. Initial point of contact may be while an individual is in the hospital, long term care community based setting private residence.



Education:  High school diploma or equivalent valued.  

Background Check:  Criminal Background Check will be performed by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and ACCBO for the PSS/CRM certification process by the Background Check Unit (BCU). A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from certification.


Experience:  Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction challenges.  Understands the effects of the aging process, trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of individual needs.  Understands the principles of recovery, person-directed services and trauma-informed care.



  • Possess an absolute belief in every peer’s ability to learn, grow and recover
  • Value peers’ right to make their own decisions
  • Value peers as the “experts” in their own lives
  • Possess insight pertaining to personal biases and worldview and how they may interfere with effectively working with individuals representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, language and life experiences.


Licensure/Certification:  Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist certification and/or ACCBO Recovery Mentor certification is valued but may be applied for within 3-6 month of hire. This position requires at least 2 years of sobriety if applicant identifies as being in recovery from addiction challenges.


Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance required. Have reliable transportation preferred.



Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.

Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.



  • Collaborates with individuals to create Person Directed Plans.
  • Participates in regular peer support supervision sessions. 
  • Attend staff meetings as applicable to gain knowledge and communicate program goals and the needs of the individuals being served.
  • Implements the regulations, policies, and procedures which pertain to peer-delivered service.
  • Meets with peers in the community and/or their homes to establish and maintain a positive and trusting relationship.
  • Following the direction of the individuals served, assist peers in exploring strategies that increase satisfaction with their life.
  • Assists peers with identifying and engaging various community resources and supports.
  • Explore building a network of natural supports
  • Offers peers educational opportunities to explore new resources related to aging and information and alternatives to utilizing the emergency department for non-emergent needs.
  • Administers outcome measurement tools with individuals being served and participates in data collection.
  • Reflects positive peer values.
  • Documents supports services in a program database in a manner that assures compliance with policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations.  Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation as required by program deliverables.
  • As appropriate, openly identifies as a person 55 years or older who has lived the experience of receiving mental health/addiction services and shares own recovery story with individuals being served.
  • Acts as a positive role model for individuals being served and exploring their own path to wellness and recovery.
  • Acts as an advocate for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.
  • Respects and honors an individual’s rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics.  Adheres to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements. 


The above accountabilities represent work performed by this position and are not all-inclusive.  The omission of a specific accountability will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of the position.